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The Consummate Performer ~ David Archuleta

Posted by emmegirl14 on Saturday, December 1, 2012

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With all the vids I been watching lately, it again reinforced to me more than ever what a truly consummate performer he is. In the Rainbow vid he has been described as “dizzying” as a groovin’ mic-free David, then we have him flying across the stage dancing to a Zero Gravity, and then the choke-hold-on-the-mic D, giving us the stance and emoting like there is no tomorrow (My Hands/Providence, RI comes to mind), flashes of salsa, a few seconds of are-you-freaking-kidding-me moves during Soul Man, and then you have the Ave Maria’s and this:

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Hadn’t seen this particular one before (and I ♥ it) where he just stands there and sings, gloriously sings.

…and I love one as much as the other. I love it all, I want it all. And we can’t forget piano accompaniment and I suspect possibly guitar on his return as well as more dancing! Huh, what, who? I know I’ve said it before, but it needs repeating (so here I go) – who else can sing and perform with such diversity at such high artistry AND look like that doing it!

n.o.b.o.d.y.

*If anyone was ever born to perform, to be on a stage, it is him.*

(I know I’m preaching to the choir, but sometimes I just have to get it out.)

Thanks guys.

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Of Music and Mission ~ David Archuleta Speaks

Posted by Angelica on Friday, January 13, 2012


More mature and articulate than ever, twenty-one year old David Archuleta spoke yesterday in the Philippines at a press conference and with fans. It was the first time since his mission announcement he has spoken of his future plans. First, he will be working on recording new songs to release while he is away and, he has no intention whatsoever of leaving music. The mission is only for two short years, while his music will continue the rest of his life. He says of his return,

“I will definitely get into music and I already have certain projects that I’m already trying to plan for when I get back.”

Second, he answered the much speculated question of what type of mission he will serve. It will be a traditional one. I am floored. I am proud. I am wanting to shout to the world, THIS! This is what moves the world you stand on and you don’t even feel it. Sacrifice done out of love. Love that makes the world go round like the wheels of bikes that at any moment in time never stop turning.

“I will be doing what you see of those guys that you see on the bikes, with the little ties, I will be doing what they’re doing, it’s very focused, very much focused on service, serving the people, love your community, and being able to teach and it’s very much about sacrifice as well. Because you know for me it was very hard, because it was a lot to have to sacrifice, but for me that’s my personal reason why I wanted to go, is because of what you sacrifice and what you learn from sacrifice. Some of the biggest things I’ve been able to learn in my life have been through, you know, not the easiest things. And so I feel like even though this will definitely not be the easiest thing… I’m leaving a lot of things I love, not having my family life, not having, you know, the career in music, the secure things in my life, I know that I will grow a lot in a way that I haven’t been able to yet, which I’m really looking forward to.”

Whatever you think of his decision, you can not deny the faith he wields to move more than wheels, but any mountain in his way and in the end will find not only fame, which is fleeting, but glory.

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Virtually There ~ Abrra’s Ustream Recap of David Archuleta in Manila

Posted by Abrra on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It was Monday morning, July 18, 2011, normally a workday for me, so I knew I might not see David’s Manila concert online. I had put the UStream app on my cell phone last Saturday to watch the Jakarta concert while away from home. When it works, its great. Monday it worked like a charm.  As I watched I wrote down the set list and some notes about some of the songs. Here is my “cell cast recap” of the best concert ever performed, by the best singer in the history of the entire world. Ever.

David came out on stage to a thunderous crowd of fans who cheered and wailed their approval as he sang his opener, Stomping the Roses. Dressed in jeans topped by a soft gray tee-shirt and a rust-red jacket, he looked ready to  sing his heart out for the fans in Manila, as well as those around the world on UStream. The energy was palpable as he sang the next few songs while he strutted across the stage. At one point during The Other Side of Down, he did his strut-kick move and flashed a huge smile at someone in the front row. He shows no mercy! A Little Too Not Over You was a fan favorite with everyone singing along. Arms swaying over head, calling out his name “DAVID,DAVID!” in appreciation, kept fans engaged in every moment of each song. I felt as if I was sitting right there in the 10th row, straining to see him when he came to our side of the stage.

Working the expanse of the stage has become an art form for David that he has improved on immensely in the last few months. Leaning in to touch outstretched hands to the delight of those lucky enough to be within reach is common practice for David. It’s a way to give back, in a personal way, to those who support him. When he got to the part in Touch My hand where he points to the audience, I steeled myself for the screams that would come. An explosion of screams filled the arena, each person in line with his pointing finger catching the bullet of his gaze. 

The stage lighting was first class. Each song was cast in a different color of the rainbow, giving a feeling of flow, as the show progressed. I note this because in the last concert, David was chasing a spotlight most of the time on stage. This time all lighting was focused on him and the band. The band was in top musical form. Each instrument played with the perfect vibe needed to carry the songs along. The back up vocals blended with David’s gigantic voice in perfect support. Bravo for the band!

David’s velvety voice on Gonna Get Through This earns him the name of “Funkmaster D” in my book! The melody just dripped from his lips as he grooved on stage. Starting softly and building in volume, he ends the song with a long high note that carried us away on a cloud! We rode that cloud again during My Hands. I hope that song never drops off his set list. His keyboard came out for A Thousand Miles, a song he has played many times and is a real crowd-pleaser. It was another sing along by the audience. What he did next made me catch my breath. It was so typical of David’s gratitude towards those who support him.

Although I had periodic disconnects from the UStream, I got back on one just in time to hear David say “Salamat!” to the crowd. Wildness ensued as he began the final song of the set, Zero Gravity. It’s a great, uplifting (ha!) song to close out the show. Bathed in pure white lights shining down on the whole stage, David gave the final performance of the night.

Oh, did I mention the encore?

I will paraphrase. He said it was an amazing feeling. He got motivation and felt encouraged from the support of the audience.  I think there were a few tears in his voice as he spoke with much emotion. What came next was a total surprise to everyone. Standing there rambling about the song he sang on Hollywood week on Idol, he started to sing Heaven! He sang THE MOST HEARTFELT rendition of Heaven I have ever heard. David performed with hauntingly gorgeous vocal runs, assisted by several thousands he held close to his heart. “Once in your life you find someone, who will turn your world around, bring you up when you’re feelin’ down.” When he sings, his love lights our way.

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